September Update: My Current Skin Care Routine

Published in: Daily Beauty

Unlike Tabs, who wakes up preternaturally gorgeous without any assistance whatsoever because of his superior kitty modeling genetics, the rest of us need a little help.


In my case, I need a sh*t-ton of help from skin care, LOL!

Here’s my current routine of products I’ve been using on my combination oily/dry/acne-prone mug all summer long…


In the morning…

In the evening…

Also, once or twice a week, I’ll use Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, depending on how dry my cheeks are feeling on any given day. 🙂

Lots of bare-faced action up in hurr!


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  1. Lulle says:

    I didn’t even know Diptyque was making skincare!
    I love the Clarins Multi-Active range! The very first high-end products I bought when I realized grocery store skincare wasn’t doing me any justice were from that range. Wow, that was 10 years ago…
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  2. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for this post Karen!! I’ve been dying to know what you use since I think we are the same age (35) and your skin is all glowy and youthful and all the ish I’m aiming for. I’m no joke about to spend my next check on this list! So cannot wait!

  3. Amanda says:

    Um, one other question- so you put this day list on after washing and before makeup? Ok more than one. How long after you apply these do you wait to put on your makeup? and what’s the infusion? I’m not just a makeup junkie I’m a skincare junkie too so I’m so curious about your routine. It’s sounds amaze-ing!!! Thanks Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Yes, I do the day list after washing and before makeup. Usually I wait a half hour or so. In that time I’m usually doing my hair, ironing my clothes, feeding the cat, etc.

      The Fresh Black Tea Infusion is like a toner. I put a couple drops into my palms and work it directly into my face. 🙂

  4. Divya says:

    A solid skin care right there! I have been so curious about DHC and that little heart next to it makes me more! 😛 I love the Shu Uemura Cleansing oil though and and seriously think its amazing!
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  5. Impossible to not have happy skin with a routine like this! You use lovely products, Karen, all very nice brands. I see some of my personal favorites.
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  6. Julee says:

    Wow. Your skin looks amazing. To be honest, your bare face is prettier than any foundation. Thanks for the post.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I am such a skincare product junkie! Love seeing your routine!

  8. Fancie says:

    You have so many nice goodies! I want to try the Clarins serum. Everyone seems to love it lol. I think I’m going to pick up the Neutrogena cleanser soon too!
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  9. Lovely routine. I have the feeling, I add more products for every year I age without leaving the ones I started out with. Being 35, this is a lot of stuff I use every day. I will try and put as skincare routine up on my blog before I change it all over due to the change in weather.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda,

      I’ve noticed that I definitely use much more skin care than I did in when I was 18. It’s a bit more work now!

      What are you using and liking at the moment?

  10. Kim says:

    Your hard work shows – your skin looks great! In the AM, I use Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser with my beloved Clarisonic, followed by CeraVe lotion and Tarte BB tinted moisturizer (SPF 20). In the evening, CeraVe wash, CeraVe lotion and Strivectin on the wrinkly parts. I was really liking the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum but it’s way too spendy for the results (I think). I’m still looking for that miracle skin product. 🙂

  11. Rachel P. says:

    I think your face is the best testament for great skin that any of these companies could ever need. Because you look amaaaazing and obviously what you’re using/doing is 100% working for you! I’m only in my 20s (24 next week!), but I am noting the DHC Cleansing Oil and the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. I’ve been using MAC Cleanse-Off Oil for the past year (it’s great!), but the DHC looks like a similar value and if you recommend, I’m gonna try it! And I feel that if you have a great makeup remover/cleansing oil on hand, there’s no need to shell out for a majorly expensive follow-up cleanser, so I’m going to try the Neutrogena. Love the brand, but never tried that product before! Definitely need a gentler cleanser for my (soon-to-be) combo-dry and semi-acneic winter skin.

    • Karen says:

      Happy early birthday, Rachel! 24 is a GREAT year. 🙂

      So yeah, I love the MAC Cleanse-Off Oil, too, and never thought that I could find anything better, but the DHC one is fantastic. The MAC one sometimes dries out my skin (especially in the winter), and that doesn’t happen with DHC.

      What other skin care are you currently using and loving?

  12. JenJ says:

    Hmmmmm may check out the Kate Somerville’s Anti Bac Clearing Lotion. I had been using the step 3 from Proactiv which I did like but I don’t like have to rely getting it from eBay. When I need mah products I need em now now now!!! LOL! Also I’ve been curious about the Neutrogena cleanser. Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi JenJ,

      I used to used that too back in the day, but quit because it was so hard to find. You’ll LOVE the Kate Somerville Anti Bac. It layers well underneath makeup, doesn’t dry my skin out and absorbs quickly. 🙂

  13. I’m really tempted to try out Kate Somerville Anti Bac Acne Clearing Lotion!
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  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Karen,
    Love reading your posts…and want to know how do you like Clarins Double Serum? I have been a long-time user of Estee Lauder ANR Serum and wonder how this Double Serum compares. I just began using Hey Honey Good Morning Serum and so far, it’s pretty good for day use.

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